LAME... First OCZ announces its plan to drop their memory line to concentrate on SSD, then they pull this: Sell cheaper, less reliable drive with slightly smaller capacity for the same price, while dropping cost to produce. I mean, it's a great strategy as a business, but hell's to pay sometimes when the consumer finds out.
I have been an OCZ fan but this is just lame. I think they should throw in another chip to compensate for the lost in 5GB of space...I mean this is just not right. I think someone should force all these hard drive makers to have to write the USABLE GB size on the product. The other non-usable GB they currently use has no bearing on what end users see so to me it is just a lie that benefits no-one but the companies and they should put a end to this! Plus with a lower reliable drive...come on OCZ>....they are suppose to get better not worse.....You better do something because you are gonna anger a lot of fans...I will wait awhile to see if you do anything otherwise I will be one of those fans!
This is lame accross the bored. They should advertise the space as what is availbe to use. WHat they do to maintain the drive from breaking down is their business. If this device was more mainstream you could probably see a large class action lawsuit heading their way.
I understand that this might be costly for them to manufacture, but if you take care of your customers they will take care of you. I imagine they will keep the prices the same until the make enough money back to cover any loss from the earlier development then prices will trickle down like usual. Also if their competition is not lower prices and they are not losing market, they are not motivated to alter prices.
But customers are given the raw end of the stick with a product that has less usuable space, a shorter lifespan (what is that like 40% less), and higher prices to boot. Yuck!
Since SSD came to the market i saw the tardness coming, it started by making 2.5" drives and never doing 3.5", then the price pike in memories and now this jump backwards......
Now what?, are they gona do external USB 2.0 SDD drives?, i want a fast and bigger capacity SDD, hell take a slot of my optical drive if you want, but do it right.
They're mostly selling to people who love technology, or at least have a good understanding of it. Did they think no one would notice?
This narrows my list of SSD manufactures for my next upgrade, making my life a little easier.
Own a pair of the orginal Vertex 128GB drives but if this is any indication of the direction OCZ is headed I'll be looking elsewhere for my next upgrade. A die shrink that reduces component lifespan by 40% isn't much of an upgrade in my book. Plus, since the cost is down to OCZ by 15% then put enough extra chips in to retain the advertised capacity.
I am one of the unlucky ones with the 25nm drive. Apparently they have changed from putting a credit towards a 32nm to completely switching it for free. They are also covering shipping in both directions. I'm in the process of sending mine back so I'll update when its over, unless someone beats me to it.
I have a 60GB Vertex 2 that I've been pleased as punch over, and generally OCZ takes care of their customers. Having said that, on what planet would a company treat a die shrink that causes usable space to become smaller and lowers expected lifespan AS A CONTINUATION OF AN EXISTING MODEL? Entirely moronic, and gives me pause about choosing OCZ SSD's in the future.